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    Many of us here have had severe UAS and gone through a lot of instruments. I kind of feel almost hungover - like I've been through too many ukes and now I want to get down to the ones I really want to play.

    Now for me this boils down to I have bonded with some instruments and not so much others. And I like to play certain ones. They aren't always the best by any measure except how I feel about them. I'm sure everyone has their own list. My plan is to sell of the ones that are not keepers - even though some of them have a strong tug on me and will be hard to let go.

    So Soprano size here is what I want to keep:

    Koaloha Soprano - This is was the first ukulele I bought. I bought it in Hawaii in 1998. I swear I can hear the ocean inside it.

    Kiwaya KS-7 - This is a laminated instrument with 17 frets. It has a bark like a really good vintage martin. I love the sound of this uke. I've had other Kiwayas, but for me this is the keeper.

    Here is what I can't decide:

    Kawika Pineapple - This is a gorgeous uke and probably the best all around soprano I have ever played. I just don't play soprano very much and someone else would really love this. But its also one of a kind and irreplaceable so the collector in me can't let go of it.

    I don't have a lot of sopranos left. I think I have a laminated Islander at my sister's house in Reno. I'll probably keep that there. I have a Pono I want to sell. The rest have been sold or given away.

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    What Pono do you have that you would like to sell?
    How bad is your UAS?

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    Hi Sherry,

    Great time last Tues. I think you should keep the Kawika as you said, it's a collector's item...with that said, I'm not a collector. However, I would consider buying it cuz the inlay is close to my nickname.

    Daniel

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    Collecting is too much work/responsibility for me these days, so I'd sell the Kawika. If you really can't decide whether or not it's worth having nice things around, I'll happily ship my one year old son to you for a few weeks -- whatever he can't climb he can throw.

    Plus, since it really is a holy grail soprano, imagine how much fun it would be trying to one day find its equivalent (when you realize you never, ever, under any circumstances should have sold the Kawika!)

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    I would keep the kiwaya but if you decide to part with it I might be interested
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    I'm down to just one soprano, my Kamaka HP-1. As I'm about to buy a pineapple super-soprano, the other day my friend asked me if I'd sell the HP-1. Without even thinking, I responded "NEVER!" - so yeah, it's a keeper

    I'm fully of the mind that if you don't love it, pass it on to someone who does.
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    One soprano is generally enough for me. There could be a few exceptions that might encourage me to pick up a second, but for the most part I'm happy with my Martin S1.

    Then again, I am not in love with the soprano as much as some are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    But its also one of a kind and irreplaceable so the collector in me can't let go of it.
    I've struggled with the one-of-a-kind thing before - last year, I sold a custom that I loved but just wasn't playing any more. I gave myself 6 months to decide whether or not to sell it; once I decided, it took a while to move (customs can be a tricky sell) but when it finally did, I had no regrets. But then I'm not much of a collector; to me, an item's worth is measured more by its use than anything else.

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    If you're not playing the Kawika, haven't played it much over the last year, and don't see yourself playing it over some of your new favorites (like your Howlett Vita), I would let it go. Easy for me to say but I know it's tough to do. So many ukes, not enough time.

    My two soprano keepers:

    Ukiyo Vita - that I didn't see on your list (along with your Harmony Vita unless you've given those away). This is my travel uke but it keeps creeping into my every day usage because I love it!

    1920s Martin 2M - this one has character and mojo. I let a Timms Style O and a 2012 Martin 2K go in late 2013 because I knew I would eventually find a vintage Martin with the magic.



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